Youth and Age. 586
Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [****] [1793?]
Mezzotint with hand colour. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Cut inside platemark at bottom.
An old fruit seller sits asleep beside a table on which her apples and strawberries are arranged, with baskets under the table, her dog sleeping beside her. A finely-dressed little boy pushes an ear of corn up her nose as a little girl eggs him on. The scene is in the fields near London, as the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral can be seen on the horizon. To the right is a wooden box with a closed door (sentry box?) with a recruitment poster: 'All able bodied [men] willing to serve five guineas.' According to Fortescue, 'Hist. of the British Army', iv. 887, by 1793 the recruitment bounty had already jumped to ten guineas.
BM Satires 8414; ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37581] £360.00